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Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication Volume 184 (Paperback) Loot Price: R462 Discovery Miles 4 620
Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication Volume 184 (Paperback): Carnegie Institution of Washington
Carnegie Institution of Washington Publication Volume 184 (Paperback): Carnegie Institution of Washington

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...difficult to comprehend this downward series. His land, his country, to the bare savage is narrowly restricted. This little stretch of beach from which he may launch his canoe, this stream upon which he may build his flimsy shelter, this small clear spot in the jungle upon which he may plant his food and yet remain within reach of the support of his fellows by the exercise of nimble legs or the frantic shout--this is all the land of which he can say that it is his own. All else is forest; there dwell the spirits which work him evil, there roam the inland tribes more brutal and more savage than himself, for absurdly there are social degrees even at this unsocial basement of society. Therefore his connotation of the word land embraces no more than the tiny acreage upon which he lives in his peace and his comfort in the protection of his neighbors; land so exiguous is dignified when we call it village. In certain of these communities the village becomes the house. I can not find that the community house develops from any sense of greater convenience in building or of greater security when built; for the savage, iron-ruled by his traditions, is little actuated by considerations which partake of the nature of free will. More probably it is a case of the dominance of the religious tyranny which is ever strongest with the ignorant; the omens are taken for the whole community when the first post of the home is set; the house is made a community house in order that all the folk may share the good omen. It is in the region of the long community house that we find that the land word has become a house word. Acting in the opposite direction, we find an instance in which the house word (ruma, cf. item 14) has passed to the village sense; this is uma of the Kayans of Bor...


Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: May 2012
Authors: Carnegie Institution of Washington
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 104
ISBN-13: 978-1-153-31791-7
Barcode: 9781153317917
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-153-31791-5

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